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What do we learn indirectly of the home life of the Ewell family in chapter 17 of...

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eioien | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2008 at 2:50 PM via web

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What do we learn indirectly of the home life of the Ewell family in chapter 17 of "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

Its in chapter 17

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 16, 2008 at 3:17 PM (Answer #1)

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We learn that Mayella Ewell is probably an abused young girl who is forced to take care of the rest of her siblings while their father is away each day. The family is poor and uneducated. The most important thing we learn, though, is that Mr. Ewell is left handed. Attitcus has already established that whoever hit Mayella was also left handed. This suggests to Scout and others that Bob Ewell may have been responsible for the bruises on Mayella's face. Tom Robinson is physically incapable of making them because his left hand is useless.


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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 31, 2014 at 4:31 AM (Answer #2)

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Mayella is abused and most likely sexually abused as well. Her father does not respect her and causes her to be scared. Also, whoever beat Mayella must have been left handed and Tom was right handed. Atticus got all the proofs which showed that Bob was the real criminal, but because of the view held by society, he was spared. 

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